13 classy fillies are set to run in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) this Saturday at Flemington.
The Wakeful Stakes is considered the traditional lead-up race to the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) just five days later on November 6th. The winner of the Wakeful often continues on to claim victory, or at least place, in the Crown Oaks.
10 of the 13 Wakeful Stakes runners this Saturday are set to back-up in the Crown Oaks, though a win would improve their chances of making the final field.
Five of the fillies are offering single figure odds in the Wakeful Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au with two contesting favouritism.
The Robert Smerdon-trained Fontein Ruby opened as $3.60 favourite before easing out to $3.80. The filly will have to prove her toughness again her drawing a wide start from barrier 12.
The red-hot filly is in-form having won four of her last five starts, including the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m), though the wide start has put a slight dampen on her chances according to punters. However she races on speed and refuses to give in, as her past wins have shown, so she is still one to watch.
Godolphin filly Abduction is the market mover of the betting market after shortening from $4.40 to $3.70, just edging out Fontein Ruby for favouritism with punters believing she can steal the show.
The John O’Shea-trained filly will start from midfield in barrier seven with champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy to ride.
The lightly-raced three-year-old has yet to make the step up to black type racing but is on track to complete the Wakeful/Oaks double.
Abduction has won two of her five career starts including the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) but missed out on a placing her last time out in a minor race at Royal Randwick.
There are three other single figure hopefuls in the 2014 Wakeful Stakes betting including Fenway ($4.40), Muscovado ($7), and Candelara ($8.50).
Lee & Shannon Hope’s Fenway will get the ideal inside run after drawing barrier one with Damien Oliver in the saddle. She is incredibly lightly-raced, making just her third career start and first at black type racing level.
Gai Waterhouse’s Muscovado is in-form following three wins from her last four starts, including coming third to Abduction in the Reginald Allen.
Candelara has seen support wane for her in the Wakeful Stakes betting, drifting from $6.50 to $8.50. However the Bjorn Baker-trained filly is in-form following two runner-up finishes including the Reginald Allen and a minor placing from her last three starts. She will also be partnered with superstar international hoop Joao Moreira. Candelara is one of just three runners not backing-up to the 2014 Crown Oaks opting for the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) instead.
Will one of the single figure hopefuls win the 2014 Wakeful Stakes on their way to the Crown Oaks? Or will an outside runner offering lucrative double figure odds steal the win?
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